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Katherine C. "Kay" McDonald, 90, of Springfield, died at 11:26 am, Wednesday, April 26, 2017 at St. John's Hospital.
Kay was born January 22, 1927 in St. Louis, MO, the daughter of Charles A. and Nell Pauline Maguolo Boggiano. She married James V. McDonald on June 13, 1953; he preceded her in death in 1978.
Kay dedicated her life to faith, family, and service to others. She graduated from Visitation Academy High School in St. Louis, graduated from St. John's School of Nursing in St. Louis in 1947, and completed a bachelor's degree in nursing from Saint Louis University in 1950. She worked at DePaul Hospital School of Nursing from 1950 to 1953 and later at Springfield Medical Group and the Loretta Home at the Franciscan Motherhouse. In 2014 Kay received the Vineyard Award for 25 years of volunteer work at Holy Family Food Pantry. She was co-founder of the St. John's Hospital Grief Support Group and volunteered for Right to Life, the St. Agnes Church Prayer Line, Caregiver Interfaith Volunteer Services, the Bereavement Support Group at St. Agnes, St. Louis Archdiocese Council of Catholic Nurses, LLCC Academy of Lifelong Learning, and Villa East Nursing Home in Sherman. She was also a member of the Catholic Daughters of America and a Samaritan at St. John's Hospital. She enjoyed reading, gardening and bird-watching, knitting, crossword puzzles, Cardinal baseball, and helping The Legacy Theater with costume production. She was most joyful with a baby in her arms.
She was also preceded in death by her brother, Charles F. Boggiano.
She is survived by her sons, Jim McDonald of Lafayette, LA, John (Rosie) McDonald of Lake St. Louis, MO, Mike (Gena) McDonald of Effingham, IL, Joe (Elizabeth) McDonald of Pleasant Plains, IL, Paul (Mindy) McDonald of Springfield, and Matt McDonald of Seattle, WA; daughters, Mary McDonald and Betty (Steve) Ring both of Springfield, Patty (Steve) Renschen of Sunset Hills, MO, Ruth McDonald and Joan McDonald both of Sterrett, AL, and Teri (Dennis) Wells of St. Louis; eighteen grandchildren, four great-grandchildren, one sister, Mary Ellen (Wallace) Bourneuf of St. Louis, and many nieces, nephews, and other family.
Visitation: Family will receive friends from 4 pm - 7 pm on Sunday, April 30, at St. Agnes Church, 245 N. Amos, Springfield. The visitation will begin with a prayer service. Funeral Mass: 10 am on Monday, May 1, at St. Agnes Church with Rev. Ed Murphy, CM, celebrant. Burial will be held at St. Norbert Cemetery in Hardin at 2 pm on Monday, May 1. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Catholic Charities Holy Family Food Pantry.
The family of Katherine C. "Kay" McDonald is being served by Kirlin-Egan & Butler Funeral Home, 900 S. 6th Street, Springfield. Please visit butlerfuneralhomes.com to offer your condolences.
Published on April 28, 2017
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